Tom McCabe, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton South, recently visited Eden Springs UK’s headquarters in Blantyre, Hamilton, to meet UK Managing Director Jean-Marc Bolinger.
McCabe said: “Eden Springs is a significant Lanarkshire employer and I have seen first-hand the positive and inclusive working environment maintained at the headquarters. The company’s ambitious growth plans will provide a welcome boost to local employment, and the wider Scottish economy, and I look forward to the company’s development over the coming years.”
Water jobs in Scotland
Employee numbers at Eden Springs’ Scotland operations have trebled since 2001, and Eden’s Jean-Marc Bolinger confirmed a strong commitment to the local area: “We will continue to develop our HQ in Blantyre and investments are planned in almost all areas of the business. As the company grows, the concentration of jobs in Scotland are likely to increase, underpinning our key role as a local employer.”
Products and partnerships
“Our industry is currently undergoing a period of major consolidation which presents a significant opportunity for Eden Springs to expand” explains Jean-Marc Bolinger, UK Managing Director. “Over the next few years we look forward to developing new products and partnerships, and building on the environmental sustainability of our production and distribution networks.”
At week 12 of the competition and Denise is just in the lead – way to go Denise! But with only another week or healthy-living left to win the Ultimate SodaStream fizzy drinks machine the pressure is really on!
Eden Springs recently sponsored a Glasgow Chamber of Commerce event, where Eden Springs’ UK Managing Director Jean-Marc Bolinger presented and discussed that impact that public sector expenditure cutbacks are having on the private sector.
As we approach the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections, the political debate is firmly focused on the deteriorating state of public finances and the important role that the private sector can play in boosting the Scottish economy.
During breakfast the audience also heard from Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, and Professor Iain Docherty, Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Glasgow.
Both Professor Docherty and Mr Bolinger kick-started the event by eluding to the bleak economic forecast for the next decade, and outlined some of the challenges facing the private sector as further cuts are implemented at a regional and national level.
The presentations were followed by an interactive discussion, where several contributions highlighted that, although Glasgow is in a strong position to weather the crisis, the city cannot afford to be complacent.
Jean-Marc Bollinger concluded the event by arguing that the current economic crisis should be seen as an opportunity for firms to innovate, diversify and invest intelligently.
As part of our Well Being@Work campaign Eden Springs employees from our Blantyre Glasgow headquarters are striving to become ‘The Biggest Loser’, competing against each other through healthy eating and controlled exercise to lose the most weight (safely)!
At Eden we certainly know that good hydration is part of a healthy lifestyle, but it’s only one part – aspects such as healthy eating and exercise are integral to achieving a healthy lifestyle and physique.
To support the efforts of the team and encourage them to get healthy, Eden Springs are donating a super-duper SodaStream fizzy drinks maker to the winner who loses the biggest percentage of their weight. The challenge is on!
Meet the team
Find out more about the people looking to change their lifestyle and weight:
John ‘JT’ Thornton
Hobbies: “Gym at the weekend! Oh how I look forward to it” (with sarcasm…)
Savoury or sweet?: Sweet (like his nature)
Food weakness: Chocolate! And the Scottish favourite Irn-Bru.
Why taking part?: “To lose a few stone and make sure I look amazing on the beach!”
How does Eden help?: “The ‘food patrols’ and team morale support has helped keep us on a straight path, while 6 x 500ml bottles of water a day keeps me going.”
Sally ‘Salbart’ Bartholomew
Hobbies: Drinking, dancing and singing badly at karaoke
Savoury or sweet?: Both
Food weakness: Haribo, jelly sweets and milk.
Why taking part?: “I stopped smoking after I was diagnosed with Asthma – I was on steriods and gained a few extra pounds.”
How does Eden help?: “It’ll require my own will power. There’s no excuse for not drinking water as part of it, we’re surrounded by it!”
Hobbies: Eating out
Savoury or sweet?: Both
Food weakness: Anything bad for you, especially meals out.
Why taking part?: “So I can fit into my holiday clothes, and in my bikini not scare young children off the beach. I will try to stay on it and bin all my fat clothes!”
How does Eden help?: “It’s going to be a daily support group – no cheating at work! We’ve also got plenty of water so no excuses for not having it.”
Hobbies: Cooking, listening to music, visiting family and having a drink with friends.
Why taking part?: “So I can get into my old jeans.”
How does Eden help?: “The support is great, and it’s handy to have folk in the same situation as you. Personally I’m not much of a water drinker but Eden water certainly helps your hydration. I’ll continue with the healthy lifestyle afterwards, but may take a week off…”
Hobbies: Going to the pub.
Savoury or sweet?: Savoury.
Food weakness: Bacon, chips, crisps, wine.
Why taking part?: “To take up healthy eating.”
How does Eden help?: “Having Eden staff alongside me will help, deffo.”
Sharon ‘Marshmallow’ Brady
Hobbies: As long as she has a chuckle she’s happy
Savoury or sweet?: She’s a sweet person after she’s had something savoury.
Food weakness: Anything under the category of ‘food’
Why taking part?: “To become The Biggest Loser! Diet is a bad word, so of course I’ll change the lifestyle not just the menu – will anyone be monitoring me afterwards?”
How does Eden help?: “Eden water helps me with energy, health, creativity and focus so I’ve heard…and when I win I will bring all my colleagues a drink from my new SodaStream!”
Valerie ‘Val’ Little
Hobbies: Drinking gin, walking the dog, being with friends/family, shopping.
Savoury or sweet?: Savoury.
Food weakness: Chinese food, crisps and general munching.
Why taking part?: “To lose weight and look better – if that’s possible, I look so good already! I may continue healthy eating after…sometimes…maybe….”
How does Eden help?: “Hydration is definitely the way forward, although the rest of the team haven’t helped so far…LOL”
With the wintry conditions gripping the UK, we’ve interviewed Ricky Gall, Eden Blantyre Service Centre Manager, to see how the delivery team are coping on the roads.
How have water and water cooler deliveries been affected?
Deliveries have been affected very badly, particularly in the north and Scotland. I’m Service Centre Manager of Eden Springs Blantyre, near Glasgow, and all the area that we cover have been affected in some way.
Have any deliveries been missed due to the adverse conditions?
Some deliveries have unfortunately been obstructed, although we are currently working through all outstanding deliveries and are updating the Customer Services call centre daily. If you have any questions or are expecting a water delivery please feel free to contact them on 0844 800 3344 and they should be able to keep you informed.
How have the drivers been coping with the conditions?
As any motorist will tell you driving in these conditions is bad enough, but delivering bottles of water in the snow has been very challenging. On 6–7 December when the weather was at its worst our last truck returned to Blantyre 21 hours after it left for its day’s deliveries! We’ve had trucks leaving the branch at 6.00am and returning anytime from 9.00pm to midnight, and there were some of us stranded at the depot overnight. You can’t fault their commitment.
So the drivers are dedicated to getting deliveries through?
We have had drivers starting as early as 4.00am to try and catch up on any failed deliveries, and we’ve also had some routes going out on Saturdays.
What happens to water cooler bottles in the ice cold?
We have had a some water cooler bottles freezing and bursting, however we can deal with this and it doesn’t affect our customers. It certainly arrives nice and chilled!
All Eden Springs customers benefit from cool, refreshing water sourced locally, including those north of the Border. We take our responsibility to the environment seriously, and ensure that water travels the minimum distance possible before it refreshes and hydrates you! Our customers all across Scotland – from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Highlands to the Borders – receive water sourced beneath the picturesque countryside at the foot of the Renfrewshire Hills, near the country’s second largest regional park – the Clyde Muirshiel.
Water delivery across Scotland
The water from the Renfrewshire aquifer is transported to Eden’s Blantyre Headquarters near Glasgow, where the water is bottled and filtered for purity. From there we deliver and install your cooler anywhere in the Glasgow region – in fact anywhere across Scotland! If you’re using a bottled water cooler than we also supply a free scheduled delivery service, replacing and replenishing your water supply promptly and easily whenever you need it.
So when you’re looking for a water cooler company in Scotland, look no further than the pure Scottish water of Eden Springs!